9 year old Alayna Adams threw out the first pitch before the Tampa Bay Rays-Boston Red Sox game, only to be surprised that the man in the catcher's mask would be her father who has been deployed in Afghanistan for the past year.
Her pitch bounced twice before rolling softly into a glove near home plate, a moment that began a reunion. Alayna Adams, 9, walked toward the batter's box with a casual pace before a voice over Tropicana Field's public-address system gave an introduction to remember.
"Catching today's ceremonial first pitch, fresh back from Afghanistan, please welcome Lt. Col. Will Adams!"
The father had removed his catcher's mask, and Alayna began a sprint toward his arms. The crowd's roar grew with each second.